Have you ever thought that a small mistake or negligence from you may expose your blog to hungry hackers? No? Then you are really careless. Hackers always keep an eye on your blog's vulnerabilities and whenever they find a loophole, they never miss the chance to snatch your blog from you. It happens with many bloggers and some "extra" careless bloggers even loss their blogs forever due to not having a backup of their blog. So let's discuss some precautionary actions which can help you in protecting your blog from risk of being hacked. You must follow these important advices to ensure that your blog is always safe. Here we go.
Keep Your Computer Spyware Free
The most common technique, which hackers adapt to access your data, is spyware attack. Spyware are tiny malicious programs which are sent and installed on target computers by hackers remotely. These programs anonymously install themselves in your computer without notifying you, record your activities (each keystroke and click) and then send these details to the concerned owner (hacker). To make it sure that your computer is free of spyware, you must install a reputable antivirus and anti-spyware program and keep it up to date always.
Don't Download Premium Themes and Plugins from Free Sources
Most bloggers search for free download of premium stuff including templates, themes and plugins etc. but this kind of stuff may expose your blog to hackers. Hackers place malicious scripts in premium stuff and then put it on the web for free download. When you use such content on your blog, then it may provide a gap for hackers and your blog can be hacked very easily. The worst and most dangerous factor of this technique is that your antivirus, firewall or online security will unable to detect malicious scripts in the infected content. So my advice is, never use premium content from free and unknown sources to ensure that your blog is beyond the reach of hungry hackers.
Don't Install Plugins and Widgets from Unknown Publishers
WordPress blogs are more vulnerable to this type of hacking. When you install any plugin
without verifying its publisher, then it may contain malicious script which can create a loophole for the concerned hacker to break into your blog's admin panel. The only precautionary measure, which you can adapt, is that you must verify the plugin's publisher first, look for the plugin's popularity and rating and read some reviews of general bloggers before installing each plugin.
Don't Use Same Password Across Multiple Websites/Blogs
Most bloggers, for their convenience, use same password along multiple websites and blogs and they even don't hesitate to use the same password for their blog admin also. I have seen many bloggers doing this. If you are also among those, then you must stop here! Some hackers build websites and blogs solely for the purpose of collecting personal details, so beware of these kind of tricks and never use your blog's password anywhere else on the web.
Avoid Using Generic Passwords and Usernames
When you install WordPress, the default username for administrator is set as admin
and many bloggers leave it as it is. This may give hackers a chance to hack your blog. When username of any account is known, then hackers try different passwords (Brute Force Attack
) after analyzing your public and other details. If you have used a weak or generic password, then it becomes easy for hackers to break into your blog's admin panel after a successful password guess. Don't ignore this, hackers are very smart and they use both their brain and tools to try each possible trick. So always use a different username for admin and choose a strong password to make the task difficult for hackers. Secondly, use security plugins on your WordPress blog to enhance the protection against password guess
and other attempts.
Beware of Phishing Sites
Most phishing sites distract and trick you by showing fake pages where you may enter your account details accidentally (mostly fake pages for Google, Yahoo, Hotmail and other related services are designed) . You are taken to such pages by links on different websites, so before entering your log in credentials, check the URL in browser address bar and make it sure that you are on the actual page.
Use HTTPS Connection to Access Your Hosting Account
Almost all hosting providers provide you the secure (HTTPS) connection to your hosting account and if your hosting provider doesn't provide you the secure connection, demand for it or change the host. Secure connections (addresses start as https:// instead of http://) encrypt the data before transmitting it between your computer and hosting server, so the data can't be misused in between the travel. Unencrypted data can be accessed by hackers. It would be better if you afford to buy an SSL certificate which will add a solid security layer over your blog allowing you and your subscribers to submit data securely.
Access Blog Admin Section from Your Personal Computer Only
Don't access your account from public computers like schools, colleges, net cafes and other places. Your password may leave behind or it is also possible that the computers are spyware infected.
Turn On 2-Step Verification for Your Google Account
This tip is useful for Blogger users. Although Blogger blogs are difficult for hackers to hack due to high security of your Google account, still 2-Step Verification
is necessary which will add an additional security layer to your Google account. When someone (including you) will try to access your account from any other device, then Google will first send you a verification code (on mobile), which needs to be entered along with password to access the account. So you must turn on 2-Step Verification in your Google account settings
The Last Tip, Always Backup Your Blog!
You must download regular backups of your blog to ensure that you get it back even after hackers snatch it from you. So you MUST download regular backups.
These were a few important tips which will help you in protecting your blog against hackers. I hope that you will practice them. Have you got any more ideas? Don't forget to share below in comment section. Thank you!